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Summary

  1. The Duchess of Sussex gives birth to a baby boy
  2. The baby was born at 05:26 BST weighing 7lb 3oz (3.2kg)
  3. Prince Harry says he and Meghan are "absolutely thrilled"
  4. The new arrival is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child
  5. Meghan went into labour "in the early hours" of the morning, the palace said in a statement
  6. Prince Harry was by Meghan's side during labour
  7. The infant, who is yet to be named, is seventh in line to the throne

Live Reporting

By Harriet Agerholm, Rob Corp and Sophie Williams

All times stated are UK

  1. What's next?

    Prince Harry said he and Meghan are still thinking about names for the child and he planned to make another announcement in two days' time "so everyone can see the baby".

    And that brings to a close our live coverage of today's announcement, but you can still keep up to date by reading our main news story.Thanks for following.

    The duke and duchess on their wedding day
  2. Baby Sussex's birth - what happened today?

    • The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy early this morning who weighed 7lb 3oz (3.2kg)
    • Prince Harry, who was by his wife's side during labour, said he and Meghan were “absolutely thrilled”
    • Announcing the birth in Windsor, he said: "This little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I'm just over the moon."
    • The infant, who is yet to be named, is seventh in line to the throne
    • Congratulations on the birth came in from around the world, with Prime Minister Theresa May wishing the duke and duchess "all the best" and former US First Lady Michelle Obama saying she "can't wait" to meet the baby boy.
  3. Royal fans celebrate in Windsor

    Press Association

    Royal fan Skye London
    Image caption: Royal fan Skye London celebrates the birth of Prince Harry's son

    Windsor town centre is busy with people celebrating the birth of Meghan and Harry's baby.

    John Loughrey, 64, who has been camping in a sleeping bag on the town's streets since 1 May in anticipation of the birth, says: "We've been drinking champagne to celebrate the royal baby's arrival, I'm going to have fish and chips followed by American apple pie.

    "Harry is going to be happier then he's ever been before because his life is fulfilled - he got his dream to have a family."

  4. Profile: Duchess of Sussex

    The Duchess of Sussex

    Meghan Markle made her name as an actress, campaigner and blogger before marrying Prince Harry in May 2018 and becoming the Duchess of Sussex.

    Before meeting the duke, she had been best known for playing lawyer Rachel Zane in US TV drama Suits.

    Now as a member of the Royal Family, she has given up her acting career. Instead, she has immersed herself in the life of a working royal, using the platform to highlight the charities and causes close to her heart.

    Read the full profile of the Duchess of Sussex here.

  5. Thank you for your kindness, say royals

    The duke and duchess have thanked the public in an Instagram post for their "support and kindness".

    It is an "exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy", the post says.

  6. Harry and Meghan, a timeline

    A history of the duke and duchess' relationship:

    The duke and duchess on their wedding day

    8 November 2016 - Kensington Palace releases a statement that confirms Prince Harry has been dating Meghan Markle "for a few months" and asks the press to respect their privacy

    28 November 2017 - Harry and Meghan announce they are engaged to be married

    15 December 2017 - Kensington Palace confirms the couple have chosen to wed in Windsor on 19 May the following year

    19 May 2018 - Harry and Meghan are married in front of 600 guests at St George's Chapel and become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

    15 October 2018 - Kensington Palace announces the duchess is pregnant, and is due to give birth in Spring 2019

    6 May 2019 - Meghan gives birth to a boy, who becomes seventh in line to the throne

  7. Royal baby 'may be more visible than the Cambridge's children'

    Hello magazine's royal editor, Emily Nash, told the BBC the new royal baby's life may differ from that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children.

    She said: "What Harry and Meghan do may end up being quite different. We've heard talk about them going to live overseas for periods of time in which case the child may well be more visible than the Cambridge's children have been.

    "It will be fascinating to find out."

  8. Royal baby to have 'normal life', according to historian

    Royal historian Victoria Howard told the BBC: "I think we will see this baby, the Earl of Dumbarton, I think he'll take more of a role like Princess Eugenie or Princess Beatrice - they work, but they do have titles.

    "I think we can expect a normal life for this young royal."

  9. Michelle Obama's advice to the Duchess of Sussex

    Michelle Obama

    Former US First Lady Michelle Obama shared some words of wisdom with the Duchess of Sussex about adjusting to life in the spotlight in December.

    "Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she'd have a life like this," she said.

    "The pressure you feel - from yourself and from others - can sometimes feel like a lot," she went on.

    "So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don't be in a hurry to do anything."

  10. Notice of birth placed outside Buckingham Palace

    The easel holding the framed notice of the birth has been placed outside Buckingham Palace.

    An official notice of the baby's birth
  11. Notice of birth expected at Buckingham Palace

    A framed notice of birth will go on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

    Journalists are gathering outside the gates in anticipation.

    Journalists outside Buckingham Palace
  12. What is it like to have a home birth?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

    Prince Harry announced the birth of his child outside the couple's home on the Windsor estate - Frogmore Cottage - suggesting Meghan had opted for a home birth.

    Click here for more on what a home birth involves.